(206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Bathtub drain need "p" trap? Septic smell

  1. #1
    DIY Junior Member Bebo800's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Chattanooga, TN
    Posts
    1

    Default Bathtub drain need "p" trap? Septic smell

    I live in a 1950's brick rancher and we've noticed a sulpher/dead smell that comes and goes. I pin pointed it down to the basement level bathtub area. So I tore out the wall half expecting an armadillo or mole nest, but instead noticed the tub and toilet drain going down through the slab at this location, but no "p" trap on the bathtub drain. We have a septic tank because we are below graid for city sewer, so do you think it's just the septic smell coming up the tub drain? Has anyone encountered this, what was it and what did you do about it?

  2. #2
    DIY Senior Member asktom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Victor, MT
    Posts
    460

    Default

    The tub needs a trap.

  3. #3
    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Yakima WA
    Posts
    7,246

    Default

    Tuba/shower P traps are usually under the slab so it's a bit tricky to see. Take the strainer cover off of the drain and use a flashlight to look down. If there is a trap, you should see water. If there is no trap (pretty unlikely since all drains are supposed to have a P trap) then you have a problem that is probably beyond DIY. The tub will have to be removed, the slab cut open, and a trap installed. It might very well be a can of worms that a DIY would be in deep doodoo attempting.

  4. #4
    DIYer, not in the trades LLigetfa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    NW Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    3,685

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Swart View Post
    Take the strainer cover off of the drain and use a flashlight to look down. If there is a trap, you should see water...
    Perhaps the water evaporated from the trap if the tub doesn't get used.

    Perhaps there is bacteria present causing the smell.

Similar Threads

  1. Installing a "bottle trap" drain in an older house
    By boy412 in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 09-30-2012, 01:51 PM
  2. Funky Smell in "Freshly Washed" clothes
    By homeowner in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 08-23-2006, 06:08 PM
  3. Know of any 60x30" Bathtub with 15" rough-in for drain?
    By jcpcac in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-06-2006, 06:36 AM
  4. "Push button" bathtub drain
    By Beth in forum Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-14-2005, 07:27 PM
  5. "S" trap to drain pipe fitment question
    By TSPORT in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-03-2005, 05:30 AM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •